Writer and Illustrator

Zippy’s Friends is built around a set of six stories about Zippy the stick insect and his friends, a group of young children. The stories were written by Liz Swinden and the colourful illustrations are by Mig.

Writer – Liz Swinden

Liz is a professionally qualified and highly experienced health education specialist, based in the UK and currently working as a consultant, trainer and writer in the field of Personal, Social and Health Education for children and young people. She has worked extensively with the health, education and voluntary sectors, as well as with regional and national projects including the National Healthy School Standard and Blueprint (Home Office). She has also worked for Brook, fpa, Channel Four, the Health Education Board for Scotland and the National Children’s Bureau.

She is the co-author of a ground-breaking book for teachers, "Knowing Me, Knowing You: Strategies for Sex Education in the Primary School" (LDA/Brook, 1990), and reviewed Personal, Social and Health Education resources for the Times Educational Supplement for many years.

She is a life member of the Sex Education Forum at the National Children's Bureau, a member of NCB’s PSHE & Citizenship Trainers’ network and a National Assessor for the Certification of the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education.

Liz says:

“Of all the pieces of work I have done over the years, Zippy’s Friends has given me the most pleasure and satisfaction. I am always thrilled to learn that it is now being used in so many countries with so many children.”

Illustrator - Mig
Maggie Guillon

Mig is an illustrator, artist and cartoonist, based in the UK. Her past work includes illustrations for magazines, periodicals, Open University texts and various books published by the Third Age Press. Her exhibited work has ranged from cartoons to serious portraits, and she has collaborated in the design and production of a long running series of humorous alternative greeting cards. She also has a great love of the written word, and has published poetry and short stories.

Mig read for her first degree in English Literature at the University of Nottingham, worked at the university as an academic librarian, and then in her forties read for her Masters degree. She is currently enjoying a full and active retirement while still retaining her involvement with Zippy’s Friends.

Mig says:

“My involvement with Zippy's Friends has proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Thanks to skilled and dedicated people, this programme has slipped quietly around the globe, changing the lives of thousands of children. I am so proud to have been involved in the early days of its creation."
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